Conclusion: ToCA Race Driver 3 builds upon the success of the previous games of the franchise, which makes it a must have for the fans of this pretty unique series. Those that don’t consider themselves hardcore about motorsports probably won’t get the point of ToCA Race Driver 3 , and will more than likely be paying money for additional frustration in their lives.
Summary: If you haven’t bought a Madden game for a year or two, maybe you should check this one out if you don’t plan on buying the Xbox 360, and the 360 version of the game. The visuals have a definite better quality to them; the sound, and the options are all there to entice you. The best addition, the QB Vision cones will is also a definite change that will at least warrant NFL fans this game a rent.
Pros: The new QB Vision Cone
Cons: The new game mechanics may take some getting used to.
Conclusion: Most of the features of the PS2, Xbox and GC versions of Madden NFL 06 that made that iteration so successful (notwithstanding the fact it was the only NFL licensed game in town) have been carved out. Where did Practice Mode go? What about the mini-camp mode? Create-a-player? I would love the ability to make my own gang-bangin' receiver in hi-def but I can't. Although I have only wild speculative guesses, my money would be on the idea that EA needed to get Madden...
Excerpt: Just like other titles in the 16-year history of the Madden Franchise go, Madden 06 has received a new focus on some aspect of the gameplay to make the title seem just as realistic as it possibly can be. While last year’s focus was upon the defense, this year centers around the offense, primarily controls around your field general, the quarterback. It’s been quite a while since there’s been a significant adjustment to the passing game – at least four to five years.
Excerpt: Madden NFL 06 review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com When the announcement of EA’s exclusive licensing agreement was made last year, a furious debate erupted as to whether or not the deal would disrupt or strengthen the quality of the franchise. Some critics argued that the lack of competition would weaken the game itself, considering that it would be the only NFL title on the market.
Excerpt: This season, EA's popular "Madden" franchise is the only game in town, as title got an exclusive license from the NFL, meaning than only "Madden" could use current footballers in its game. While that's unfortunate, as it's always nice to have options, "Madden '06" is largely a successful endeavor for EA in its first season without anyone else on the playing field.
Summary: This is a good first effort by EA. This is a great game, and they leave it with great potential to be even better next year. I really can't wait to see how Madden NFL 07 will look and play. Call me crazy, but I was an NFL 2K fan (still am), but I am telling you this is not the same old Madden. This is a brand new game with a brand new engine, and it should be added to your Xbox 360 library.
Conclusion: After hearing about EA buying the NFL license I was worried that they would not try and advance the series and just sit back and take it easy knowing they had no competition. After playing the game though my concerns were not warranted at all, it is easily the best game in the series so far. The only real downer is that the game does not feature Xbox Live play, as that would have been awesome.
Pros: franchise mode is very deep, superstar mode is fantastic, new vision passing system adds depth
Cons: no Xbox Live play again is a real shame, not forgiving to new players, madden blurts out the same old lines, no new mini games